Audio recording of speech by Gene Bruskin of US Labor Against War at UNITE Hall in Chicago, Summer of 2004. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Iraq, war, labor, unions, USLAW, Bruskin, anti-war
This is the full 6-6-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Last Wednesday, the stock market took a dive, the deepest plunge in almost a year, after much volatility the last few months. This came as something of a shock to some, as the pundits who have been declaring that the recession is over and that we are well on our way to recovery have focused on the stock market and corporate earnings as their barometer of the economy while the employment numbers have remained largely dismal.... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
Amjad Al-Jawhary has paid a high price for his efforts to organize workers in Iraq. In 1995, Amjad had to flee Iraq and the regime of Saddam Hussein, because of his union organizing work. He took up residence in Toronto Canada, but Amjad stays in close contact with his comrades in Iraq. He travels there frequently, and acts as one of the few voices in the west for the for the Iraqi labor movement. I aired an interview with Amjad on the Labor Express radio program in June 2005, as the... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Iraq
Stewart Acuff, Organizing Director for the AFL-CIO, speaks at the Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy Plenary at the USSF. Always a powerful speaker, Acuff talks about a re-invigorated labor movement in terms rarely heard by officials of such high rank in the AFL-CIO. Acuff continues to be one of the best leaders in the organization. In particular, Acuff calls for the AFL to develop closer relationships with “non-traditional” forms of organizing workers. A really exciting speech. Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, afl-cio, worker, rights, labor express
Nancy Lenk â Deputy Director AFSCME Local 1644, explains the attempt by Atlanta to turn Grady, a public hospital, into a privatized entity. Topics: privatization, public, labor, union, AFSCME, Atlanta, USSF
Ai-Jen Poo of Domestic Workers United (DWU) announces the creation of a national coalition of domestic worker’s organizations at the USSF. This is one of the most powerful labor speeches I have ever heard. Ai-Jen talks about the domestic workers movement as providing new spirit and direction to the entire working class movement. DWU and the other domestic worker organizations represent some of the best labor organizing going on today. Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
Alexis De Simone with Casa of Maryland, one of the organizations involved in organizing domestic workers, talks about their work and the decision at the USSF to form a national coalition of domestic worker organizations. The national gathering of domestic workers organizations at the USSF was one of the highlights of the forum, and perhaps the most important labor movement development at the forum. Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
This week, 22 workers at the Ex-Cell metal products plant in Franklin Park, IL. went out on Strike. Despite major contract concessions by the workers in recent years, the company is now demanding that the workers cover 20% of their health care coverage costs. This amounts to over $300 a month from most workers, and the average wage at the plant is $9 an hour. Most workers at the plant have worked there for many years, some more than 20 years. Striker Anna Maria Rico has worked for EX-Cell 23... Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
Carl Rosen, President of the Western Region of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks at Chicago City Hall press conference on the ongoing occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by it's workers. He announces that the union is seeking a means to keep the factory in operation under new management. Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
Cynthia McKinney delivers her acceptance speech after being nominated as the Green Party Presidential candidate at the Green Party of the United States National Convention, July 12th 2008. Topics: Cynthia McKinney, Green Party, election 2008
Greg Shotwell is a GM worker, a member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS) organization within the UAW. SOS seeks to end the concessionary cooperation with management that typifies the UAW leadership in recent years and to stem the decline of wages, working conditions and benefits for auto workers by pushing for a militant fight back strategy against the boss. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Shotwell about the 2007... Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
Gregg Shotwell is an auto worker, a member of UAW Local 1753, and one of the founders of Soldiers of Solidarity, an activist group in the UAW which opposes the union leaderships lack of militancy and concessionary bargaining. We started our interview with Greg providing a little background on SOSâ¦ Topics: Gregg Shotwell, UAW, GM, strike, Labor Express
Henry Tamarin, President of UNITE-HERE Local 1, talks about the massive turn out of workers and their supporters at the 5th anniversary rally of the Congress hotel strike in Chicago. The strike in now officially the longest running active strike in the country. Topics: union, labor, strike, chicago, UNITE-HERE, Congress Hotel, worker, Labor Express
IAM (The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers)Spokesperson Connie Kelliher talkes about the issues behind the strike by 27,000 workers at Boeing. Topics: Boeing, IAM, Machinists, strike, labor express
Imelda Martinez, employee of the Congress Hotel in Chicago talks about attending the picket line 5 days a week for the past 5 years, at the 5th strike anniversary rally outside the hotel. Topics: union, labor, strike, chicago, UNITE-HERE, Congress Hotel, worker, Labor Express
Aaron Hughes, President of the Chicago Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, talks about his opposition to the war in Iraq while taking part in an anti-war march on the war's 5th anniversary (March 19th, 2008). Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Iraq, war, veterans, Labor Express, Aaron Hughes,...
IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) organizers, Alex van Schaick & Daniel Gross talk about the efforts of the IWW to organize warehouse workers in New York City. The IWW has assisted immigrant latino and asian workers in 8 New York warehouses to fight for better wages, improved working conditions and worker's power on the shop floor. Topics discussed include the unique organizing strategies of the IWW and it's relationship to new forms of worker organizing like worker centers. Topics: IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, labor, labor express, justice, new york, immigrant, latino,...
On 3-12-11 the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)organized a meeting at the Madison Labor Temple in Madison Wisconsin to discuss the possibility of a general strike in Wisconsin in response to Governor Scott Walker's stripping public sector workers of most of their bargaining rights. Some of the speakers have been edited out as they asked that their comments not be aired in public. The audience dialog session that followed the speeches was also not recorded. Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Madison, Wisconsin, general strike
James Thindwa, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs With Justice, discuss the Human Rights crisis in his Homeland of Zimbabwe on CAN TV, August 21st, 2007. Topics: Zimbabwe, human rights, Mugabe, MDC, Africa, James Thindwa
Jerry Tucker is a former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), former International Executive Board member, and was one of the leaders of the New Directions reform movement in the UAW. He is the co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Tucker about the 2007 contract negotiations between the UAW, GM, Chrysler & Ford. Tucker is very critical of the concessionary contracts negotiated by the current... Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
Documentary filmaker and community radio activist, Jill Friedberg, discuss the history of recent struggles of the teacher's union in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and the current state of popular struggle against the corrupt state government. Topics: Oaxaca, Mexico, teacher, section 22, labor, labor express, justice, social movements, APPO, union
Interview with labor activist, writer and former Teamster Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service , about the current elections for national leadership of the Teamsters union. The 2016 Teamster elections could significantly impact not only the direction of the Teamsters themselves, but the entire U.S. labor movement. As Joe explains at a time in which the organization of labor in the logistics sector is vital to advances for the U.S. working... Topics: Teamsters, union, elections, labor
Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest. Topics: Joe Moore, Republic Windows, factory, occupation, labor, chicago, worker, rights
Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest. Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
Jorge Mujica at rally at the Bank of America branch in the Chicago neighborhood of La Villta. Supporters of the workers occupying Republic Windows & Doors held the protest, threatening that members of the Latino community will pull their money out of Bank of America if the company refuses to ensure the Republic workers are paid what they are due under law. Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
Jorge Mujica of the March 10th Committee for Immigrant Rights discusses the reason immigrant rights activists held a rally outside Cook County Jail on July 29th, 2010. The rally against deportations and against Arizona's SB 1070, was held in conjunction with rallies around the country, on the first day that aspects of SB 1070 went into effect. Topic: immigrant rights, justice, worker, sb 1070, Arizona, Chicago, labor, deportations
This is the full 8-31-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program will hear from a group of striking workers on Chicago Southside. In May workers at SK Hand Tools, members of Teamsters Local 743, found out that for a month, their company had cut off their health care benefits, without informing them. Now many of the workers find themselves saddled with massive health care bills for services they thought were covered. The company’s refusal to bargain with workers over... Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
This is the full 7-18-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program I bring you the third and final installment of my update on the lockout of 228 Steelworkers in Metropolis Illinois. In this segment I talk with Local 7-669’s allies, in both the Steelworkers International and immigrants rights activists in Los Angles who worked with union members to block a Honeywell contract in that city. Honeywell has not only locked-out its workers in Metropolis, but it was an Arizona... Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
This is the full 7-25-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today's episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear once again from economist Dr. Jack Rasmus. Dr. Rasmus is a professor of economics at both St. Mary and Santa Clara University in California as well as an economic advisory to the San Francisco Labor Council. He is also the author of the book Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression and a forth coming book entitled Obama's Economy: Recovery for the Few. We spoke to Jack... Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
This is the full 8-8-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today's episode of Labor Express Radio we bring you one more update on the situation in Metropolis Illinois with the locked workers at the Honeywell Uranium Processing plant. On Tuesday, members of Steelworkers Local 7-669 voted by a slim margin to ratify a tentative agreement that includes some victories for the local but includes many painful concessions. We will hear about the new contract from Local 7-669 activist... Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
This is the full 8-22-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. It is a rare thing when activists launch a campaign and win their first substantial success within the same week. But that is precisely what happened for immigrant rights activists last week. As President Obama shifts into campaign mode in preparation for the 2012 presidential election, one element of his base, Latino voters, are increasingly voicing their disappointment with the President. On Tuesday in six cities around the... Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
This is the full 9-5-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this Labor Day 2011 episode of Labor Express we discuss Stand Up! Chicago's plans for their labor day rally in Grant Park. We also discuss last months unemployment numbers, the on going contract fight at Verizon, a public school teachers rally on the far southeast side of the city, the ongoing labor struggle in Wisconsin and the human rights situation in Honduras. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor... Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
This is the full 9-26-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today's program we take a closer look at the so called "re-invention plan" currently being imposed on the Chicago City College system. The plan has been met with some stiff resistance by faculty, students, staff and community members. A meeting on Sept. 15th which was to be held at Harold Washington College was displaced by the College president who attempted to quash the event by telling event organizers at the... Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
This is the full 1-10-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy 2016 to all our listeners. I thought I would try to kick the new year off with some hopeful news and perhaps a preview of what is likely to come in 2016. First we have news of a sadly rare event in labor news, a successful NLRB union election. Dock workers at a Sears location in Chicago Ridge voted to become members of UFCW Local 881 in late November and are now negotiating over their first contract. 2016 is of... Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, racism, police, brutality, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, Anita...
This is the full 1-11-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 1 of a 2 part look at the labor news of 2009 and Labor Express Radio's coverage of it. In this part we cover... The impact of the Republic Windows and Doors Workers December 2008 factory occupation on the labor movement. UE's efforts to win workers justice at Quad City Die Casting and to organize warehouse workers in Chicago's Southwest suburbs. The contract campaign of UNITE-HERE on behalf of 6,000 hotel workers in... Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
This is the full 1-17-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This Monday’s episode of Labor Express Radio guest producer Dorian Breuer takes a look at the 1919 Seattle General Strike and it relevance to today's labor movement. The 1919 Seattle General Strike is an excellent historical example of the sort of direct action discussed on the 12-20-10 episode of Labor Express. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for... Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
This is the full 1-18-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of a 2 part look at the labor news of 2009 and Labor Express Radio's coverage of it. In this part we cover... The fight to protect public education in Chicago and the rise of CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators). The struggle against the coup in Honduras. The new democracy movement in Iran. The AFL-CIO convention and the change in leadership of the federation. Part 1 aired on 1-11-10. This episode also includes a... Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
This is the full 1-24-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this Monday’s episode of Labor Express Radio we began our coverage of the upcoming municipal elections in Chicago with audio from a rally outside a Rahm Emmanuel for mayor fundraiser. Some of those at the rally were there to express their concerns that Rahm Emmanuel will continue the pro-corporate, pro-privatization agenda begun under the Daley administration. Others, especially a group of transit workers, were there to... Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
This is the full 1-24-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In the last few weeks fear in the undocumented immigrant community in the U.S. has reached new heights, as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the agency known for many years as the INS, has launched a new series of immigration raids around the country, landing dozens of young single mothers and their children in deportation proceedings. These new raids are targeting recent Central Americans immigrants whose asylum... Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, immigration, ICE, raids, Supreme Court,...